- reduces gas emissions by 36% in 3yrs
Meridian Port Services (MPS), operator of the Tema Port, has been labelled two-star in greenhouse gas emissions at its terminal by the Bollore Ports – a new certification process of its new green terminal projects worldwide.
MPS is the first among 14 container terminals of Bollore Ports to achieve this milestone, scoring 86% by reducing the carbon footprint of its activities by 36% within three years.
Managing Director of Bollore Ports, Christian Devaux, presented a certificate to the Chief Executive Officer of MPS, Mohammed Samara, and his team in Tema; acknowledging the efforts used by the team to observe all environmental issues.
Mr. Devaux said achieving carbon emissions is key and must be worked on in all the respective terminals. This initiative, dubbed ‘Green Terminal’ label, according to Mr. Devaux aims to contribute to the reduction of gas in ports.
“The company places priority on halting global warming and pollution. From the direct impact on its business to the indirect impact stemming from the completion of its services, the company is innovating to shrink its carbon footprint and preserve biodiversity,” Mr. Devaux indicated.
Chief Executive Officer of MPS, Mohammed Samara, described the two-star rating as a good start and assured of the company’s commitment to strive to attain the highest rating soon.
He disclosed that the company is poised to move forward, putting together action plans to do away with trucks that depend on fossil fuel to electronic trucks in the next three years. “We have mobile harbour cranes and trucks which are diesel engines, but we will change that and change our trucks in the next three years.
“In all our efforts to reduce carbon footprints MPS has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 36% within 3 years, making it one of the most energy-efficient entities. In terms of the volume handled, its carbon intensity is around 5kg CO2 eq/TEU for the year 2020 financial year compared to 9kg CO2 eq/TEU for the 2018 financial year,” Mr. Samara added.
He said MPS was recently certified by Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies (Edge) for meeting required standards in energy efficiency.
Mr. Samara said the certification will boost their ability to serve clients, cut cost, increase productivity and serve their customers well. He however protested the scoring procedure, which according to him should be reduced because scoring 86.4 percent deserves a 3-star rating instead of 90%.